Posted On: 08/20/18 1:00 PM
It’s still early for this 2021 class but several have already started to set themselves apart from the rest. There is a lot of depth in the class as a whole and many of them should wind up at the college level if they progress like I think they will. Here’s a look at some potential sleepers in the 2021 class.
TJ Toney, North Bullitt – Toney is skilled and works very hard. He has the muscular build of a player a year or two older than him. The biggest issue for TJ as a point guard is ball security. If he can cut down on his turnovers and increase his offensive efficiency, TJ has all the intangibles to be a big time player.
Devean Franklin, Fern Creek – His fellow sophomores get more pub than Franklin but Devean could be just as good or better than his classmates. He averaged just under 3 points per game as a freshman and should increase that significantly this season.
Nash Divine, Muhlenberg County – Divine is one of the better sophomores in the 3rd region and should be the starting point guard for the Mustangs after starting most of the varsity season a year ago. As Divine grows and adds bulk, he should make a name for himself in Western Kentucky.
Tyler Slone, Oldham County – Oldham County has to replace a lot of scoring after graduating most of their core that made a Final 4 run at Rupp Arena last season. Tyler is skilled and has good size on the wing and should get his fair share of shots on a young Oldham team.
Wyatt Vieth, St. Henry – As a freshman, Vieth led St. Henry is scoring at over 10 points per game and rebounding at 5 per contest. Wyatt is on his way to being well over 1,000 point scorer and should pull down more than 500 career rebounds. Look for Vieth to make a name for himself this season.
James McKensie, Tates Creek – McKensie is very long and decently athletic and will play for a rapidly improving Tates Creek team this year. The biggest question I have seen with James is his motor. He possesses a pretty good skill level and could be a double figure scorer this season in the 11th region.
Colby Napier, Knott County Central – Napier is one of the best shooters in the mountains and should see plenty more shots this season as a Sophomore. After being the 6th man a year ago, Colby should start and play a much bigger role this season.
Dante Hayden, Danville – After averaging 7 points per game as a freshman in the always competitive 12th region, Hayden will look to make the leap in year two. Danville could be a sleeper pick to make a run in the 12th and contend for an All A state title and Hayden will need to be effective to get them there.